354 Bowery (B/w 3rd & 4th St.)
The best place to go for an expertly mixed "cocktail." Y'know, like from the early 60's. Flawless martinis, manhattans, gimlets, etc., for around 4 dollars. The margaritas also rule. This place is best known for playing host to JFK and Jackie during the Camelot years. The decor hasn't changed a bit, yet is surprisingly kitchless... it's like stepping into a time warp. Bonus points: the food is good, too.
Commentary by Mikaela Pearson, Wednesday, February 4, 1998.